Presented on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 in the Barn at Quarry Farm. What took Mark Twain to Bermuda so many times between 1867, at the beginning of his career, and 1910, at the very end of his life? The answers to this simple question call into consideration Mark Twain's peculiar temperament and the particular circumstances of his extraordinarily restless and energetic life.
Where did he stay on the islands? What did he see? Who were his companions? How did he spend his time in such a small and isolated place? And what did he write about Bermuda in his letters, magazine articles, and autobiography?
Donald Hoffman is the author of numerous books, including Mark Twain in Paradise: His Voyages to Bermuda; Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, and the Skyscraper; and Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.